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Beetles - Alobates barbatus

Beetles - Alobates barbatus
Apopka, Orange County, Florida, USA
October 28, 2006
Size: 15-20mm
Found under bark. Instantly feigned death.

Moved from Darkling Beetles.

could be morio
Could be Alobates morio, which is usually smaller than pennsylvanicus and also has the deeper, more pronounced strial punctures on the elytra.

I agree
Compare. Moving to species page.

Moved from Alobates.

Alobates or similar
Another tenebrionid, genus Alobates or similar. Around us Alobates pennsylvanica is the common one; it has a matte surface whereas yours seems more glossy. Not sure what the FL species are.

Not Alobates.
I don't believe that this is Alobates, but another genus. Like Jim, I'm not familiar with the southeast U.S. fauna, though.

I notice
that we've got both glossy and matte examples on the species page and the glossier ones appear to have more pronounced elytral punctuation. My guess is we've got more than one species of Alobates there.

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